|This beautiful set of Tumi luggage would hold my entire wardrobe...|
Just back in Chicago from a quick and delightful three days in New York City, and I've been reminded of a few very good reasons for packing in a simple and SMALL manner:
- You can take mass transit - a gigantic saver of time and money
- When you DO take mass transit, you don't hog all of the seats! Yesterday, coming into the city on the "El", there were literally dozens of people who needed one seat for their bags and one seat for their person. This does NOT make you popular with the locals...
- Walking long distances is easier - both in the airport, and in town. You can't necessarily assume that a taxi will be able to drop you right at the front door of your hotel; construction and emergency situations can force you to walk fairly considerable distances. Wheels help, but it's easier not to be the person constantly navigating to the ramp cut-outs on each curb. Especially during or after a tremendous thunderstorm.
- Taxi queuing in the rain, at the airport. Being able to hold your bags up off of the ground keeps everything dry and clean. If you're forced to roll, you're sometimes forced to slosh about.
- The overhead bin issue. I can toss my bag into the overhead bin with one hand. There's no possible question that the door won't close, or that I have to shove to get the bag in, or that I have to ask someone to lift my bag for me.
And the most compelling, completely convincing reason:
I know some of you will never be convinced; I see you ever time I travel, and I don't envy the work you're doing...